|Alcyon - Nebelbank [tonAtom.001] - Alcyon|
still - and again even some time after my first contact with the music of carsten "alcyon" büttemeier on the third wellenform-release I keep on asking myself "what is it in his sound creations, that keeps touching me?" is it the tempting quality of sound and space ? phantastic creatures made of sound that whiz around me, almost touchable ? or is it the melodic background, like watercolors, that is giving the sound pearls its shine ? I close my eyes and let it get inside: the underwater world of...
Downloads: 3,268 (3 reviews)
|drifting in silence - ladderdown|
derrick stembridge from nashville, tennessee is the brain behind the new release on tonAtom and he weaves a tight web from beatless and atmospheric ambiences which - unlike other artists' deliberately combined ambient sound layers - unveil obvious structures and a clear sound design. drifting in silence creates the space needed for associations and harmonic melodies, somewhere in between of brian eno and the highly appreciated geir "biosphere" jenssen...
Downloads: 32,967 (2 reviews)
|v/A - frozen fields [tA_A_frozen]|
an album for winter time. created at nine different places within a single month. to be an alternative soundtrack for the cold and dark season, for a walk through a frozen, deserted landscape.
Keywords: aljen; sonovo; xenoton; sternenspringer; mizati; phelios; aurel; alcyon; photophob; tonAtom; ambient; winter; netaudio
Downloads: 363 (1 review)
|konsumprodukt - the world of possible winners [tonAtom.021] - konsumprodukt|
a release packed with interesting ingredients: a spanish artist blends field recordings with speech samples and innovative electronics. this results in five tracks which give a thrilling insight into the spanish electronic musical scene. both tradition and innovation are combined on this e.p. by alejandro remeseiro a.ka. konsumprodukt. new sounds, for tonAtom as well... (matthias reinwarth)
Downloads: 5,197 (2 reviews)
|seductive tales - sensual distortion [tonAtom.015] - seductive tales|
the experimental intro and the pop- und classical elements in "isn't love a strange thing" form the borders of the rich stylistic fields of "seductive tales", a swiss one-man project. worthwhile listening - and again and again surprising.
Downloads: 7,957 (1 review)
|v/a - fuenfzig / sechzehn / vier [tonAtom.050]|
celebrating four years of tonAtom. took more than one year to create. by establishing an international netaudio chain letter. of 16 artists. creating individual tracks. and passing the last 30 seconds on to the next on the list. finally combined to one single mix. resulting in 55 minutes of tonAtom label sound. for both: the beginner and the connoisseur.
Downloads: 1,568 (1 review)
|photophob - tantalus [tonAtom.044] - herwig holzmann|
now that we have eased the conditions for tonAtom-releases (good-bye, mini-cd) it is time for this full-length release. the graz(austria)-based artist herwig holzmann a.k.a. photophob presents his ambient release "tantalus" on tonAtom, which is obviously the right place. 10 precious soundtracks, polished and smoothed, are an invitation to listen to this release intensively. not cumbersome or pseudo-intellectual, just beautiful...
Downloads: 7,613 (2 reviews)
|trickform - gedankenregen [tonAtom.046] - trickform|
trickform is back. and all of you who come to tonAtom for smoothly flowing ambient masterpieces should download this immediately. other than the xth reproduction of ambient records that remain static in their repetition of well known elements, trickform is not drowning in replacable and interchangeable over-used ideas but adds "je ne sais quoi" to his tracks. this results in beautiful mindtrips with a distinctive profile and a high recall value...
Downloads: 2,237 (2 reviews)
|konsumprodukt - masterworks and propaganda [tonAtom.031] - konsumprodukt|
alejandro strikes again. on this second release, after his debut "the world of possible winners" [tonAtom.021], "konsumprodukt" presents a parforce ride through samples and fascinating, sometimes off-key electronics. the appropriate successor to his first release and a real challenge for the listener.
Downloads: 6,871 (1 review)
|lifeforms (redone and refined) - xenoton|
the return of the first xenoton release from 2002. originally published as limited edition cd/minicd box. now finally at its homebase tonAtom. includes all original xenoton tracks of the initial release. all tracks are at least remastered and freshly re-encoded ("refined"), some have been re-recorded as some slightly changed versions ("redone"), which makes the download worthwile even for old lifeforms-listeners...
Downloads: 3,100 (1 review)
|xenoton - timeslide [tonAtom.V001] - matthias reinwarth|
netaudio video clip * video: matthias reinwarth * audio: matthias reinwarth * original track released on "xenoton - lifeforms" (http://xenoton.de) * video previously released as part of the add-on mini-cd in the limited "tin-box edition" of xenoton - lifeforms (200 pcs)
Downloads: 288 (1 review)
|xenoton - passage [tonAtom.014] - matthias reinwarth|
a musical essay about "change". four new exclusive tracks between vintage electro and experimental sounds.
Downloads: 1,971 (1 review)
|xenoton - licht [tonAtom.037] - matthias reinwarth|
obviously a "homage to" and a "revenge on" the synthpop and the e.m. of the 70s and 80s. deconstructed string ensembles and granularized mellotron sounds celebrate their resurrection in xenoton's notebook-soundscape of 2004.
Downloads: 2,645 (2 reviews)
|photophob - november 30 [tA_A_pnov30] - photophob|
tonAtom artists are always ahead of their time. and think of the coming autumn while remembering the past one. photophobs second release (after tantalus) on tonAtom is finest ambient with the melancholy of the volatile, somewhat morbid and really fascinating.
Downloads: 12,117 (2 reviews)
|sternenspringer - lake vostok [tonAtom.038] - sternenspringer|
even a bit darker and more morbid than the initial release: the second e.p. by gerd neusser and jürgen rieger. the straight beats remain but it has grown colder in the realm of the sternenspringer. the e.p. title is a first indication for that and it is continued within the atmospheres of the four tracks. icy textures and tricky rhythmic elements fill the range, that sternenspringer span in each track...
Downloads: 5,005 (2 reviews)
|nq - omghi2u2 (remix-compilation) [tA_E_nqrmx] - nq|
dedicated to the possibilites the internet has to offer besides dating lines, commercial use and total boredom, this compilation assembles 6 artists reworking material by nq. for all the late night chats, for the knowledge that is shared through various internet forums, for the friendship. 6 tracks by 6 artists from 5 different cities and 3 countries, offering little beauties that range from subtle movements and textures to abstract beat structures...
Downloads: 8,710 (1 review)
|xenoton - interkosmos [tonAtom.006] - matthias reinwarth|
after his limited tinbox-edition "lifeforms" (cd of the month in german "keyboards" magazine 06/02) matthias reinwarth aka xenoton releases this e.p. "interkosmos" on tonAtom. similar to his album "lifeforms" he blends several electronical styles like electro, ambient and minimal, but this time he characterizes a more "spacious" theme with his music. xenoton takes us on an interstellar journey and creates (just when flying by) a coexistence of electronic coldness and harmonic warmth, which both ...
Downloads: 3,092 (1 review)
|v/a - mit XXX hat man noch träume [tonAtom.LP001] - the tonatom cast and crew|
two years of tonAtom - looking back and forward through a double cd after two years and more than 30 releases... defining, refining and redefining the tonAtom style... while building up an innovative and international bunch of artists...: this is the third jubilee release and the first long play release sentimentally celebrating the second anniversary of tonAtom. it contains 15 tracks by tonAtom artists remade by other tonAtom artists...
Downloads: 9,404 (1 review)
|store - seltene erden [tonAtom.004] - store|
burkhard kerlin a.k.a. store delivers "seltene erden" ("rare soils"), an exclusive release for tonAtom, and an impressive one: the 4 tracks vary between minimal and surprising easiness and with a total playing time of more than 20 minutes make use of the full capacity of the 3" e.p. no slight fare, but intelligent music, asking for an active audience. but nevertheless those tracks will capture anybody instantly and will leave them with a pleasent sense of well-being, when the final note of the f...
Downloads: 3,184 (1 review)
|sektor - the dark side of the moon [tonAtom.034] - sektor|
no, we don't select our artists by their homecountry, though it sometimes seems to look like this... sektor's "the dark side of the moon" is a great set of six tracks and this is the reason for electing him for this release. fresh, exceptional and independent. to extend the list of the tonAtom artists-countries with bulgaria is a nice side-effect. so prepare to explore a new country, well actually a real new world through your ears with this release...
Downloads: 12,295 (1 review)
|bobikrug - vade retro [tonAtom.023] - bobikrug|
intelligent elektro from macedonia, this is in short, what bobikrug from skopje presents on this e.p. sequences and athmosperic pads which are dark, driving and enriched with catchy samples lead you through a new style of elektro. this style both knows its musical history but manages to go one step beyond. (matthias reinwarth)
|i.l.i. - luxero [tonAtom.033] - i.l.i.|
be honest, you know them as well: those books called "synthesizer von gestern" (yesterday's synthesizer) by matthias becker which are famous within this circle of hardware fans. and even more famous are the accompanying cds in heavenly blue, heavenly green and heavenly orange, filled with sound samples from the infamous bigmoog to the crispy wasp (with spider)... enough stuff for 1001 nights of synthesizer dreams...
|dcbl-worx - untergrund texturen [tonAtom.V004] - nino farra, stefan talke, thomas pawlik|
* kamera : nino farra, stefan talke, thomas pawlik * schnitt : nino farra * audio: wellenformreiter, mizati, trickform, envitre, xenoton (edited by nino farra) * danke : usechs
|sternenspringer [tA_E_sprngr] - Sternenspringer|
"sternenspringer" is an album that is "self-titled" by design. these 8 tracks define, what sternenspringer is about, how sternenspringer sound like. an acoustic and stylistic positioning after more than four years and more than four releases for tonAtom. matured, sophisticated, self-assured and with a reliable sense of a style of their own.
Keywords: sternenspringer; tonAtom; netaudio
|wellenformreiter - die reine lehre [tonAtom.047] - wellenformreiter|
42 electronic etudes. this is the subtitle of this unbelievable work. containing 42 tracks on this (virtual) cd. 42 ? reminds me of something...? yes, sure.... and it is massive again. bigger musical forms beneath satirical miniatures. analog samples after their close encounter with the software shredder beneath electronic sounds somewhere in between of experiment, 70s-style organs and 8bit. thomas lux quite obviously delivers - in his "wellenformreiter" incarnation - a retrospective of a comple...
|mizati - fossi matto II [tonAtom.028] - mizati|
the sequel to a successful concept: mizati refines his very own style and delivers the soundtrack for this winter season. as a follow-up to his first release [tonAtom.018] that brought him some positive reviews and a radio special on tinitusstadl now the second e.p. from the "fossi matto" series.
|env(itre) - landscapewithsunlightandshadows [tonAtom.011] - env(itre)|
sunlight and shadows ambient soundscapes combined with dodgy rhythm-structures, this could be the simple description of the soundworks on this e.p. - but it is not that easy. these tracks, created by the artist miro majewski a.k.a. env(itre) seem like scaffolds against sunsets to the listeners. and they capture them immediately. on tonAtom he presents five fascinating creations being a yet unpublished retrospective on his works of the past two years...
|mittlere anomalie - the infinity of small rooms [tonAtom.032] - mittlere anomalie|
he hates, when people describe his music, but if I don´t, his target audience probably misses this great release. so quick: ambient soundscapes with so much space, you can almost walk through plus tiny to massive beats, that is what "mittlere anomalie" is about. ok, done.
|kAzooo - chemical welfare [tonAtom.009] - kAzooo|
kAzooo presents five "clicked" tracks between couch-athmosphere and straight adrenaline (although it is actually a kAzooo-home-brew surrogate). be sure: the records title is its motto. enough words, go on: download, sit down and listen. and you might as well shake your tired leg (but before - please make sure, the dog is safe). no risks implied but lots of side effects - just feel good.
|aljen - drei [tonAtom.049] - aljen|
extra drei his third release on tonAtom or just three new tracks - the release titel fits both. the important thing about it is that there is a new aljen release and the good things we have got used to still remain. aljen (=aleksander jensko) has chosen to make it not easy for casual listeners (but why should he anyway) with tracks of up 11 minutes length. but the reward is that those tracks are that large and deep so that it is a pleasure to be "in" them, to enjoin their atmosphere and to press...
|nightech - troublesome zone [tonAtom.029] - nightech|
troublesome zone - gloomy, jagged soundscapes by a netaudio culture veteran. dark ambient for your headphones.
|v/a - tenAtom [tonAtom.010] - the tonAtom various artists|
tenAtom - the jubilee tonAtom celebrates itself with the release of tenAtom, the tenth issue in a series of colorful mini-cds. 21 minutes playing time and 9 past releases demand for a compilation as a retrosprective of the last year. two minutes had to be enough for each artist and everyone delivered an exclusive miniature. a tour de force through the tonAtom styles. and for those, who have not yet discovered tonAtom, this jubilee is surely one of the best ways to jump on the train.
|ne:o - ne:omuzic [tonAtom.036] - ne:o|
ne:o from dresden provide a new aspect to the tonAtom style. and they are a real discovery we are really proud of. guitar, bass, keys and computers and all of this with the background of lots of live-experience result in elaborate, great miniatures.
|palsecam - we are just borgs II / presentation of collective [tonAtom.012] - palsecam|
collective, experimental electronics from poland the artists collective palsecam formed by zenial presents an overview of their works. originating from the demo scene (with the essence being to exploit computers in such way that they create artistic visions and other various ways of expression) some of the most interesting polish electronic artists collaborate in this collective. with this release being the proof...
|[tA_A_schwfn] schwofen_ - schwofen_ - schwofen_ (gregor jabs & marius schillak)|
schwofen_ will show you how different ambient music can be made. discover the structures, feel the atmospheres and internalize the beats.
|various artists - recovered items[tA_X_recovered]|
nine images by aleksander jensko from the last 15 years are the basis and the inspiration for nine acoustic works by tonAtom-artists from summer 2007. presented parallely as a netaudio release on tonAtom.net and as an exhibition at netaudio berlin festival, oct 2007.
Keywords: tonAtom; alexander jensko; aljen; netaudio berlin 07
|[tA_E_m19emd]merak 19 - emdtypntc|
at a first glance the music of merak19's second release on tonAtom seems to be as cryptic as the name of the release. it is called "emdtypntc" and leaves the audience wondering for a while. but soon the picture clears up: merak19 throws 1001 electronic gimmicks at you and decorates his track with the utmost detail work. but he never loses his view for structures and the red line behind it all and captures us with a sure taste for sounds and complexity...
|env(itre) - objeqt [tonAtom.035] - env(itre)|
miro majewski a.k.a env(itre) steadily continues refining his style. starting with his online release "landscapewithsunlightandshadows" [tonAtom.011], continued with his cd-release "teaktshramin" on aphorism records up until this all new netaudio release on tonAtom there is a red line. and this line somehow causes that env(itre)s tracks are among those tracks on tonAtom that gained the most attention...
|ne:o - musikkritik [tA_D_neomk] - ne:o|
you think, netaudio is always the same? you've come to the right place. everything is different in here. ne:o's second release is beautiful and intelligent indiepop. full stop.
|Oxidized - JVox|
JVOX is back at tonatom and strikes again with his very own distinctive style. just like on his first release his music is on the one hand dominated by very straight electronic arrangements with crystal clear outlines and not only a little twist towards rhythmic structures but actually a rather danceable foundation. but on the other hand there are vast areas of soundeffects and melodies which can be found e.g...
Keywords: jvox; tonatom; oxidized; netlabel; netaudio
|digitalanalogism - blox [tonAtom.005] - digitalanalogism|
constructed and deconstructed sounds. digitalanalogism presents exclusively on tonAtom 6 new and formerly unpublished tracks.
Keywords: Electronic Diversity
|nq - numbers of nothing [tonAtom.042] - nils quak|
sometimes you are afraid, that a loud noise or a wrong chosen word could do harm to this music just the same way you could harm the wing of a dragonfly with an awkward move. nq's (who tells us his real name this time, but this doesn't really matter) world of sounds is fragile and narrowed. delicately woven rhythms made from tiny drumsounds and the reverberation of pads and voices blend to subtle sound formations, both disturbing and intriguing...
Keywords: Ambient; Progressive Electronic
|v/a - a different light [tonAtom.045] - matthias reinwarth e.a.|
I've asked the tonAtom artists for a favour and they did it...: the tracks from the e.p. "licht" [tonAtom.037] were used as a starting point for five new, individual tracks. not just simple remixes, but "re-do"s. some sounds and sequences return in these tracks, but within a completely new context. not a remix-cd but a different "licht". (matthias reinwarth a.k.a xenoton)
|merak 19 - remixe [tA_E_m19rmx]|
if remixes were pictures rather than music, the original artist would hand over his pencil and chalk, his canvas and his brush - and a fully completed picture - to another artist to let him/her work with this material. he'll never know before if there will be only slight changes or if the picture will be changed completely. remixe is a collection of seven pictures originally created by the spanish artist merak 19, redrawn by seven international artists...
Keywords: tonAtom; merak19
|wellenformreiter - entertaining the troop [tonAtom.041] - thomas lux|
avantgarde and anarchy, but designed up to every nut, bolt, trumpet and screw. thomas lux a.k.a. "wellenformreiter" shows his ways to present an e.p. packed with ideas and irony that resolves this oxymoron. this e.p.- subversively intelligent and with this very special lux-sound-design - can very easily meet the self-set claim "entertaining the troops". and makes you want more...
Keywords: Progressive Electronic
|readymedia - land s [tA_A_rmland] - readymedia|
it is possible: organic and electronic at the same time. the proof is here. modern and traditional at the same time ? as well ! tuneful and with a recent sounddesign ? yes. readymedia a.k.a. andreas fertig from berlin (an electronics conoisseur should not have been told that this town plays some role) creates takes of pure fun. meandering sequences capture you and form the basis for the structure that are added to these textures...
Keywords: electronic music
|trickform - thema|
trickform has achieved a brilliant reputation among the audience and the reviewers of tonAtom since his first tonatom release in mid 2003. so the year 2006 starts out with a new tonAtom release by trickform. his "thema" (topic) leads us from "freude" (delight) to "freiheit" (freedom). and it doesn't matter that we have to overcome "ungewissheit" (uncertainty) and "unsicherheit" (insecurity) as long as we are accompanied by his beautiful melodies and driving and artfully crafted beats and loops...
|xenoton - mondkind [tonAtom.V003] - xenoton|
netaudio video clip. original audio track released on "xenoton - interkosmos" ( [tonAtom.006]) audio & video : matthias reinwarth
|weirdwire - env(itre)|
"the contrasts of force and beauty" - this is how it says in the about section of env(itre)s website. and rarely an artist described his own music so briefly and so comprehensively. env (itre) creates marvelous organisms made of sound and provides them with stable exoskeletons made from beats and noises. and we have the chance to observe them consecutively, each just for a few minutes.
Keywords: netaudio; tonatom; electronic; elektro; elektro; weirdwire
|Konsumprodukt - Ethics is the aesthetics of prestige [tA_D_kpeth] - konsumprodukt|
the third konsumprodukt e.p. at tonAtom. fresh, unwieldy and pleasing. 8bit plus elektrobeat, ironic and disrespectful, clearly konsumprodukt.